Human Rights Watch Demands Israel to Immediately Stop Punitive House Demolition Policy against Palestinians

JERUSALEM, November 22, 2014 – (WAFA) – Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights, demanded Saturday that Israel immediately stop the punitive policy of demolishing family  homes of Palestinians suspected of being involved in attacks against Israelis.


Israel should impose an immediate moratorium on its policy of demolishing the family homes of Palestinians suspected of carrying out attacks on Israelis,” said the human rights organization in a press release.

Contrary to Israeli claims that this policy is intended to deter such incidents, the human rights organization noted that it “deliberately and unlawfully punishes people not accused of any wrongdoing,” and that “when carried out in occupied territory, including East Jerusalem, it amounts to collective punishment and a war crime.”

Slamming these demolitions as ‘blatantly unlawful’, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director Joe Stork called Israel not to carry out “vengeful destruction that harms entire families.”